5 Natural Ways to Promote Hair Growth
Whether you are losing hair or just want healthier, fuller hair, you may find some benefit in these five natural suggestions for promoting hair growth.
If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning, you are not alone. These conditions are most often associated with male baldness, but over one-third of people with hair loss are women. Thinning hair can be caused by intrinsic factors, such as family history or hormonal changes. External factors, including medications, extreme stress and certain hair products can also contribute. Whether you are losing hair or just want healthier, fuller hair, you may find some benefit in these five natural suggestions for promoting hair growth.
Massage stimulates your scalp and releases natural oils that can both make hair thicker and promote new hair growth. Massaging your entire scalp each day only takes a few minutes and can be quite beneficial. You can also apply natural remedies or oils to your hands and massage them in to get two benefits at once. Some of these remedies will be discussed below.
People have long been using aloe vera juice for hair growth because of its effectiveness. The juice cools and soothes the scalp while conditioning your hair. Aloe’s moisturizing properties can also treat dandruff and clean blocked hair follicles. You can apply aloe juice or gel directly to your scalp several times per week.
Herbs and Oils
Properly functioning hair follicles are important for healthy hair. Certain oils and herbs, taken internally or applied to the scalp, can benefit hair follicles. Ginseng, taken as a supplement, can stimulate healthy follicle functioning as can Omega fatty acids, which are full of proteins and nutrients. A recommended daily dose of these two important remedies can improve hair diameter and density.
Oils applied to the scalp can promote hair shaft health. Lemon, rosemary and geranium oils each have properties that support healthy hair follicles and promote hair growth. To protect the scalp from burning, mix oils with a mild carrier, such as coconut oil, before applying it. Just a few drops of oil in several tablespoons of coconut oil can be massaged into the scalp several times per week.
Coconut oil alone has useful properties for hair health. The fatty acids will penetrate the hair shaft, reducing protein loss from shampoos and chemicals. You can massage the oil into your scalp and leave it in overnight for a deep treatment.
One of the most effective scalp treatments is also the most aromatic. If you can tolerate the smell of onion juice, try it for improving circulation and blood flow to the hair roots. Onion juice can also treat alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes patches of hair loss. Just chop and blend a few onions, press out the juice, and apply it to your scalp and hair for 15 minutes or more. The good news is you can shampoo right away after the treatment!
Hair Care Products
The hair care products you use can make a difference in the growth rate of your hair. Products that contain any of the above remedies can be beneficial. It is common to find shampoos and conditioners that contain Aloe vera or beneficial oils, such as coconut oil. Products that say they promote moisturizing and build protein are good choices. Avoid hair coloring products because they can dry the scalp and damage the hair follicles. Natural hair products, which contain fewer preservatives and drying chemicals, are more likely to support healthy hair and scalp.
It may take several months of using these suggestions to make a difference in hair growth. Employing a combination of the remedies regularly may be the best strategy.
You can’t change being part of a family with prevalent hair loss, but you can choose practices and products that make a difference in the health of your hair and scalp. Make sure you don’t ignore your scalp. If you’ve never had a scalp massage, you might be pleasantly surprised at how good it feels. Paying attention to ingredients in hair care products and treating your hair regularly with beneficial remedies is a good starting place for promoting a healthy, full head of hair.